African Safety Promotion

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African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention (ASP) is published twice a year. Submissions within the following guidelines are welcome. Please submit your contributions or queries to the Editor-in-Chief, African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention, at the Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit, Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070, Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa, or via e-mail to nancy.hornsby@mrc.ac.za or annelise.krige@mrc.ac.za. Scientific contributions are to be prepared and submitted as indicated below.

Manuscript Preparation

The manuscript must be accompanied by a letter indicating that the article has not been published elsewhere. This letter must be signed by all listed authors to indicate their agreement with the submission. All manuscripts should be typed in 1.5 spacing with a margin of 3.5 cm on the left and right sides of the page. The manuscripts should be in 12 point Times New Roman font, with the main headings in capitals and bold, and subheadings in capitals. No enumerations and section numbering should be included, and all graphs and tables should be inserted at the end of the document. There are five categories of submissions accepted for publication in ASP, as detailed below.

Original Contributions

Full scientific manuscripts submitted for this category should not exceed 6 000 words in length excluding the title, abstract, references, figures and tables.

Literature Reviews

Manuscripts submitted as a literature review should not exceed 6 000 words in total.

Short Communications / Perspectives

These communications include commentaries on events in the injury prevention sector, and organisation or programme reports. These should not exceed 2 000 words, inclusive of references.

Book Reviews

Copies of books may be sent to the Editor-in-Chief.

All original contributions should have the following sections:
1. Title Page: This page should include the title of the manuscript, all authors and their affiliations. Full contact details should be included for the corresponding author. The category in which the manuscript is to be submitted should be indicated at the top of the page.
2. Abstract: All manuscripts, except short communications and book reviews, should include an abstract placed before the main text of the article. This abstract should not exceed 250 words in length. While all abstracts need to be submitted in English, authors are also allowed to submit translations of these abstracts in French or Swahili.
3. Main Text: The main text of the article should, as far as is appropriate, be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Prevention Implications.

Style and References

All contributions should follow the American Psychological Association style. This format can be found in: American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Please note the format for the Reference List. For example:

Bender, S., van Niekerk, A., Seedat, M., & Atkins, S. (2002). A review of best practice home visitation in low-income contexts. African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention, 1(1), 35-67.

Kibei, M.A., & Wagstaff, L.A. (Eds.). (1993). Child health for all. A manual for southern Africa. Cape Town: Oxford University Press.


The manuscript must be submitted to the Editor-in-Chief. Contributors may submit the names and contact details of two referees competent to review their manuscript. Authors will be asked to respond to the editors and reviewers’ comments within four to six weeks. Upon acceptance of the revised manuscript for publication, an electronic copy in Microsoft Word will be requested. If you have any queries please contact The Editor-in-Chief: African Safety Promotion: A Journal of Injury and Violence Prevention, at Violence, Injury and Peace Research Unit, South African Medical Research Council, PO Box 19070, Tygerberg, 7505, South Africa; Tel. +27 +21 938 0441; Fax: +27 +21 938 0381; E-mail: nancy.hornsby@mrc.ac.za or annelise.krige@mrc.ac.za.

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